Gay Guide

Malaysia
Pink Star Rating

6

Capital

Kualur Lumpur

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Ipoh, Johor Baharu, Melaka, Petaling Jaya, Kuching, Penang

Scene and Culture

Whilst homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia the country has a surprisingly vibrant gay community with lots of bars, clubs, saunas and gay organisations. Visitors may therefore be scarcely aware of the underlying repression.

Malaysia's lesbian and gay communities are threatened from Islamic fundamentalism and the use of homophobia as a political weapon. The former Deputy Prime Minister Minister Anwar Ibrahim was charged and convicted of committing sodomy. The trial was seen by most observers as politically inspired.

We have been consistantly impressed with Malaysia despite the politics. Visitors will find Malaysians a very friendly and warm people and we would recommend it as a holiday destination.

Gay Age of Consent

Illegal

Lesbian Age of Consent

Illegal

Straight Age of Consent

18

Legal Notes

The Malaysian Penal Code states that carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for up to 20 years plus a fine or whipping.

In the past this law has been hardly enforced but in recent years with the resurgance of Islamic fundamentalism Malaysians are concerned. Certain states are starting to implement and enforce religious laws against gays. For example 45 transvestites were tried in an Islamic court in 1998 following a police raid of a drag beauty pageant held in the state of Kedah. The position of transexuls is confused. Whilst operations are legal for non-muslims it is not possible to have your biological gender changed following a court case in 2004.

Population

21.79 million

Currency

Ringgit RM

Climate

Malaysia has a tropical climate with two monsoon seasons. The best time of year to go really depends on where you go. Coasts facing the North West are drier from April to October whilst those facing the South West are drier from October to February

Average annual precipitation for West Malaysia is 2,540 mm and for East Malaysia it is 4,420 mm. Humidity is high all year round and average temperature ranges for Kuala Lumpur are from 23c to 32c all year round while in the mountains the average temperature ranges are from 13c to 27c.

Kuala Lumpur
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